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In a rugged corner of West Texas, billionaire wildcatters and roughnecks are fueling an oil boom so big it’s reshaping our climate, our economy, and our geopolitics. This modern-day gold rush has sent both big oil companies and scrappy start-ups scrambling to secure a piece of the action. Texas Monthly’s Christian Wallace follows characters along every rung of the oil field ladder, from the executive cutting billion-dollar deals to the itinerant pipeline worker risking life and limb, and from the traveling exotic dancer following the trail of money to those who worry that our planet is...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 2,914 ratings
Boom Town
Excellent work by Chris Wallace
KickBackHub via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/24/20
Really well down and insightful. Really enjoyed the Podcast and content.
MBK3511 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/22/20
I knew next to nothing about the history of oil in the United States before listening to this podcast. Now I have Bethany McLean’s book on hold at my library. Thanks for making what I considered a dry subject so approachable. I hope you keep this going through the current crisis as it relates in...Read full review »
Leg2190 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/20/20
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